Ephs Fall to Colby Mules in Season Opener

Ephs Fall to Colby Mules in Season Opener

WATERVILLE, ME-- The Williams College Ephs (0-1-0, 0-1-0 NESCAC) took on the Colby Mules (1-0-0, 1-0-0 NESCAC) tonight at Alfond Rink at Colby College. Despite leading by a goal going into the third period, the Ephs were unable to hold off the Mules in the third period and lost when Colby right at the end of the game. 

The teams went back and forth during the first period but despite some solid shots from the Ephs, they were unable to find the net. Sophomore goalie Chloe Heiting was able to make some important glove saves in order to keep the game equalized at 0-0. 

The first period also an unfortunate injury for the Ephs when junior forward Gabi Montembeault had to be taken off the ice after going into the boards hard. "Gabi was playing great and it was hard to see her leave the game," head coach Meghan Gillis said, "We will miss her energy and hope the team can step in to fill that void". 

After successfully killing off a Williams hooking penalty at 2:21 into the second period, the Ephs were given their second power play opportunity when the Mules were called on a hooking penalty at 6:01 into the second. The Ephs were able to capitalize on this opportunity when junior forward and assistant captain Meghan Halloran used the screen to fire a shot after a one-on-one and first year forward Maddie Tix blasted home the rebound at 7:22 to earn her first collegiate goal and the Ephs first goal of the season. 

Williams started off the third period by successfully killing off a hooking penalty early in the period. However, the Mules were able to score their first goal at 12:26 into the third period, bringing the game to a tie. Then, with less than 30 seconds left in the game, the Mules were able to score their second goal at 19:34 into the third to win the game. 

"I thought we came out a little nervous and then let that emotion happen in waves throughout the game," head coach Meghan Gillis said, "Colby played tough in front at both ends of the ice"

By the end of the game, Colby's Nina Prünster had saved 25 of 26 Williams shots while Heiting had saved 34 of 36 Colby shots. 

The Ephs face the Mules again tomorrow afternoon at Colby at 3pm.